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With 44,879 new coronavirus infections, India's overall tally stood at 87,28,795 as the death toll touched 1,28,668, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. While the recovery rate stands at 93 percent, the positivity rate slips to 5.55 percent from Thursday's 5.63 percent.
Recoveries increase by 49,079 while active cases fall by 4,747. Deaths rise by more than 500 for the third straight day. The total testing done in the last 24 hours stands at 11.39 lakh vs the previous day’s 11.93 lakh.
Here are the top developments on the coronavirus pandemic:
With Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday expressing concern over rising coronavirus cases in the national capital, the Delhi government after Diwali is likely to put in place arrangements for crowd control and ensuring COVID-19 appropriate behaviour like social distancing and use of face cover. In a Delhi Diaster Management Authority (DDMA) meeting after Diwali, the city government may propose staggered timing of markets and other such measures to prevent crowding, sources said. Kejriwal in a virtual press briefing said several preventive measures will be taken by the Delhi government and hoped that the surge in COVID-19 cases will subside in the next seven to 10 days. "Corona (coronavirus cases) is rising. I am worried because of the situation. The Delhi government will take several preventive measures in the coming days to control the situation. I hope in 7-10 days, the number of cases should decline and the situation should come under control," he said. Delhi recorded 7,053 fresh COVID-19 cases in a day taking the infection tally in the national capital to over 4.67 lakh on Thursday, while 104 more fatalities in a same period, the highest in over five months, pushed the death toll to 7,332, authorities said. The national capital recorded a positivity rate of 11.71 per cent amid the festive season and rising pollution in the city, according to the bulletin issued by the health department on Thursday.
As many as 800 new coronavirus cases were reported in Mumbai on Friday, taking the tally to 2,68,404, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The COVID-19 death toll in the city rose to 10,539 with 17 new fatalities. The civic body said that the number of recovered patients increased to 2,43,809, about 90 per cent of the caseload, with 1,834 patients being discharged from hospitals on Friday. The number of active COVID-19 cases further went down to 10,181 with removal of 3,120 cases which had been duplicated in records. The number of COVID-19 tests conducted in Mumbai so far is 16.70 lakh. The city's average doubling rate of COVID-19 cases is 242 days, while the average growth rate of cases is 0.29 per cent.
Nashik COVID-19 count rises by 206 on Fri; 6 die, 420 recover
The COVID-19 count in Nashik reached 96,636 after 206 people were detected with the infection on Friday, while six patients died and 420 people were discharged during the day, an official said. The toll in the district is now 1,725 while 92,267 people have recovered, he said. Nashik civic area leads with 63,884 cases and 883 deaths, he added.
Ireland may take a staged approach to lifting COVID-19 restrictions from Dec. 1 in the run-up to Christmas to allow families to celebrate in a "meaningful way", Prime Minister Micheal Martin said on Friday. Non-essential retailers were shut and restaurants and pubs limited to takeaway three weeks ago under Level 5 curbs, with the aim of returning to Level 3 by reopening all shops while allowing outdoor food and drink service only for small numbers of people. A sharp fall in infection rates prompted Martin to suggest earlier this week that the government may be able to reopen more of the economy than under a strict application of Level 3, and on Friday he raised the additional prospect of a phased exit.
Twenty-five more people died due to COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh on Friday, while 2,183 fresh cases were reported, taking the state's infection count to 5,07,602. As many as 4,77,180 people have recovered from the infection and the number of active cases stands at 23,095, a health bulletin said. So far, 7,327 people have died due to the disease in the state. On Thursday, 1,56,787 samples were tested for COVID-19 in UP, taking the total tests conducted till date to over 1.68 crore.
Hackers working for the Russian and North Korean governments have targeted more than half a dozen organizations involved in COVID-19 treatment and vaccine research around the globe, Microsoft said on Friday. The software company said a Russian hacking group commonly nicknamed "Fancy Bear" - along with a pair of North Korean actors dubbed "Zinc" and "Cerium" by Microsoft - were implicated in recent attempts to break into the networks of seven pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers in Canada, France, India, South Korea, and the United States. Microsoft said the majority of the targets were organizations that were in the process of testing COVID-19 vaccines. Most of the break-in attempts failed but an unspecified number succeeded, it added.
A petition has beenfiled before the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Centre and the state governments to fix the maximum rate for the RT-PCR test for COVID-19 uniformly all over India. The petition has sought a direction to the governments to fix the maximum rate for the RT-PCR (real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) test to Rs 400 uniformly across the country, instead of Rs 900 to Rs 2800 as fixed by different state governments, Union Territories and NCT of Delhi. There is a big loot by laboratories and they are minting money to the tune of crores and crores of rupees. The margin of profit is so high as it is as high as 1400 per cent in Andhra Pradesh and 1200 per cent in Delhi, said the petition filed by advocate Ajay Agrawal. It claimed that the RT-PCR kits are presently available for less than rupees 200 in the Indian market.
Although India has made significant progress in ensuring that children under five years of age are protected against pneumonia and diarrhea through immunisation, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens these hard-won gains, according to the latest annual Pneumonia and Diarrhoea Progress Report. The report by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health also stated that although overall the world's health systems are falling short of ensuring that children have access to prevention and treatment services, India made significant progress in ensuring children receive immunisations to protect against diarrhea and pneumonia. The report tracks progress by analysing 10 indicators from the latest available data on how countries are delivering key interventions, including breastfeeding, immunisation, care-seeking and antibiotics, oral rehydration solution (ORS) and zinc supplementation, shown to prevent pneumonia and diarrhea deaths. Due to a large part of its population, India bears a greater burden of under-five pneumonia and diarrhea deaths than any other country, based on global child mortality data. An estimated 2,33,240 Indian children under five die due to pneumonia and diarrhea each year, 640 children per day, according to the report.
A facility set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the GAVI vaccine group has exceeded an interim target of raising more than $2 billion to buy and distribute COVID-19 shots for poorer countries, but said it still needs more. The GAVI alliance said on Friday that the funds for an advance market commitment (AMC) will allow the COVAX facility to buy an initial one billion vaccine doses for 92 eligible countries which would not otherwise be able to afford them. "We've seen sovereign and private donors from across the world dig deep and help meet this target," GAVI chief Seth Berkley told reporters, adding that there was an "urgent need" to also finance treatments and diagnostics. Berkley said $3 billion was still needed for diagnostics and $6.1 billion for therapeutics by the end of 2020.
Although fears over the economic fallout from mounting COVID19 cases supported prices on Friday, gold was headed for its biggest weekly loss since September after positive news about a potential vaccine.
With an aim to increase the capacity of COVID19 diagnosis in the country, Pakistan in collaboration with the UK has launched a highly advanced robotic mobile laboratory in Islamabad. The stateofart lab, launched in partnership with Opencell UK on Thursday, is specified to meet the requirements for high throughput COVID19 RTqPCR testing. The lab requires only six staff members in all shifts to operate as it uses five liquid ha
People coming to Lucknow from other states, particulary Delhi and its adjoining areas, for Diwali will have to mandatorily undergo COVID19 test at bus stands, railway stations and the airport, an official said on Friday. Thirteen teams of the Health Department have been deployed at all bus stands, railway stations and the airport for screening those coming to the state capital for Diwali and contact details of the passengers will also be noted down, Lucknow Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Sanjay Bhatnagar said.
ActorGurmeet Choudhary, who recently recovered from coronavirus, decided to extend a helping hand to others by donating his plasma at a hospital here on Friday. Choudhary and his actor wife Debina Bonnerjee had revealed their COVID19 diagnosis on September 30 and were quarantining at their home in suburban Mumbai.
Russia reported a record of 21,983 new coronavirus infections on Friday as Moscow prepared to close restaurants and bars overnight in an effort to contain the COVID19 pandemic.
Indonesia has sought emergency authorization to start a mass vaccination campaign by the end of the year to combat the coronavirus in the archipelago, the Southeast Asian nation's president said on Friday.
66 Indian nationals tested COVID-19 positive in Sri Lanka
Sixty-six Indian nationals, all workers at a construction site in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, have tested positive for COVID19, a top health official said on Friday. They have been lodged in the north Colombo area where they were identified as the first level contacts of the positive cases from the fish market cluster, Colombo city's chief medical officer Dr Ruwan Wijemuni told PTI. Wijemuni said the construction site workers, all Indians, "were found coronavirus positive from random tests conducted the first batch of 19 was followed by another 47. All of them are being treated at the interim treatment centre at Dharga Town, he said.
Puducherry adds 75 new COVID-19 cases, toll rises to 608 as elderly woman succumbs
Puducherry reported 75 fresh coronavirus cases while a 68year old woman succumbed to the infection taking the toll in the union territory to 608, a top Health department official said on Friday. The 75 new cases took the overall tally in the union territory to 36,252 after transfer of two cases to Tamil Nadu, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the COVID19 situation in the national capital should come under control in seven to 10 days and that his government is taking several steps in this regard. Kejriwal also said that pollution is the "biggest" reason behind the spike in coronavirus cases in the city.
At least 1,018 more people tested positive for COVID19 in Odisha, raising the tally to 3,07,004 on Friday, while 12 fresh fatalities pushed the toll to 1,495, a health department official said. Of the 1,018 new cases, 585 were reported from various quarantine centres and the rest detected during contact tracing. All 30 districts in the coastal state have recorded less than 100 cases.
Telangana reported 997 fresh coronavirus cases taking the tally to 2.56 lakh while three fatalities pushed the toll to 1,397, the state government said on Friday. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 169, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (85) and Rangareddy (66), it said in a bulletin, providing details as of 8 PM on November 12.
Jharkhand's COVID19 tally rose to 1,05,493 as 269 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said on Friday. Four new fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 917, he said.
First Published: IST